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good morning, america. on this friday, december 4th, breaking news. overnight, 1,000 marines make good on the president's promise to take on the taliban in a whole, new way. our reporter is there in the crossfire. also, breaking now, the jury in the amanda knox trial moves behind closed doors to decide the fate of the american student. let it snow. let it snow. in houston? sam champion is tracking some really weird weather. the tiger take tape. the neighbors' minute-by-minute account of what happened. and clues from this voice in the round. >> what happened? >> and baby face. how your baby reacts to these
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faces could be a key to diagnosing autism. and good morning, to all of you. i'm diane sawyer. robin is off this morning. and weekend anchor, bill weir, and i have been tracking the headline of the morning, which is the president sets the strategy. marines go into action. >> about 1,000 marines dropping in, trying to take over the second-largest city in this vital province. so heavily mined, there's treacherous seasons with every step, literally. >> and about 1,000 of them going in, 3:00 in the morning. it's called "operation cobra's anger." that's what we know right now. let's head off to miguel marquez because he's there on the front lines. [ explosion ] >> reporter: "operation cobra's anger" has begun. 1,000 marines supported by tanks and helicopters, planes, artillery. and a new vehicle called the assault-reaching vehicle, have begun a full-frontal assault on
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the city of nawzad. this was the second-largest city in helmand province. it's been reduced to a ghost city because of the fighting of u.s. and british forces over the years. >> the operation's been ongoing for about eight hours. everything's going right on track, actually. >> reporter: and the marines here are trying to do what the president has called for. that is, knock the taliban back on its heels. stop their momentum in this area. take control of it. and hopefully, build the area into what it once was, which was a thriving market community. moving toward our final destination, which is a town just across the dry river bed. on the way there, they just started taking indirect fire or mortar fire and small arms fire from a house just ahead of us. the first phase of this attack started about 3:00 in the morning on friday morning here in afghanistan, with 300 marines
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dropping into 2 towns north of nawzad. it's only probable this operation is happening because of the minisurge that the president called for last march. more troops, more marines in this area, would mean that they would not only be able to knock the taliban back on their heels, say marines, but would be able to hold ground and build it. and for "the bottom line," lit's go, now, to chief washington correspondent, george stephanopoulos, in washington. george, these are going to be closely-watched battles, as congress examines and reacts to the president's afghanistan strategy. >> that is certainly right, diane. back here, the administration and the white house are pretty pleased with the reaction at home, since the president gave his speech. the polling, public polling and the president's own polling, shows some resistance to sending in those troops now and setting that timeline to begin withdrawing. but overall majority of
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americans say they're willing to give this strategy a chance. you see the same dynamic on capitol hill, diane. even though secretary gates and secretary clinton got pushed around a little bit in their testimony over the last couple of days. there does seem to be a con sun ses to give the president the funding he needs. probably a vote early next year, to carry out this strategy. >> when you say pushed around a little bit, they changed on the margins, at least, that 2011 withdrawal timing. >> they said it's a firm decision to begin withdrawing in july 2 2011. but the base of withdrawal will be made by adjustments on the ground. you saw how quickly the forces will get in. admiral mullen said you're not likely to see all 30,000 forces in until the fall, rather than the summer. >> another headline this morning. 29 nato nations have offered help. >> welcome news. secretary clinton is meeting with the nato ministers and
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foreign ministers. all 29 nations said they're willing to contribute some troops. that mean the administration will hit the 5,000-troop goal they had been hoping for. there's some hope that could go up to 8,000, which would mean that general mcchrystal, between the u.s. forces and the nato forces, would get the 40,000 troops he says he needs to carry out this strategy. >> and timing on the vote for funding? >> probably not until next year. the administration believes they have the votes now to begin the strategy right now. a request for about $40 billion in supplemental funding probably won't have to be voted on until the spring. as i said, the administration hopes to be able to pull together a coalition of republicans and some democrats to pass it. >> so, as you say, they are going to be given some time. george, thanks to you. and we'll be watching this. sunday, you'll have more on all these issues, when george's guests will include the secretary of state hillary clinton and defense secretary, robert gates. we turn to the latest
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fallout from gate-crasher gate. three secret service agents have been put on leave. but the white house has refused to allow social secretary desiree rogers to testify. and republicans are vowing to serve her with a formal subpoena. she's not the only one. abc's peer pierre thomas has the very latest. pierre? >> reporter: good morning, bill. today, the heat is intensifying on the salahis. and the head of the secret service is bluntly admitting his proud agency had a stunning lapse in judgment, leading to the embarrassing security breach. >> it's an unforgivable and indefense vible mistake that was made. it ice our fault and our fault alone. there's no other people to blame here. look at me and blame me. >> reporter: the secret service director admitted one of his officers allowed the salahis on to white house grounds, even though he looked at the invitation list and saw they were not on it. then, at the next checkpoint, the secret service waved the couple through again. >> we are all fortunate that
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this diplomatic celebration did not become a night of horror. >> how in the world could this couple get past the secret service and get right up to the president of the united states? >> i've asked myself that question 1,000 times over the last week. >> reporter: the white house staff also came under fire at the hearing, for leaving the secret service alone at the initial checkpoint, break from previous protocol. the white house this week reserved that policy. saying from now on, at such event, staff will remain beside the secret service at all critical checkpoints. but that did not stop the verbal assault from republicans. furious that white house social secretary, desiree rogers, failed to show at the hearing. >> we always expect the secret service to take a bullet for the president. we don't expect the secret service to take a bullet for the president's staff. >> reporter: as for the aspiring reality tv stars, they decided not to appear as star witnesses. their seats left empty. the chairman of the committee that summoned them issued the threat of subpoena.
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>> you know, they've been on just about every network tv available. we're now asking them to come before the committee. >> reporter: for the salahis, who say this is all just a misunderstanding, the next episode has the potential for more drama. the secret service says they are the targets of a criminal investigation. bill? >> pierre thomas, thanks so you. and a few moments ago, we were joined by the ranking republican, member of the house homeland security committee, new york representative, peter king. congressman, welcome. thanks for being with us. >> good to be here. >> yesterday, before your committee, the director of the secret service, he took the proverbial bullet. took full responsibility for this. the white house released a statement. said, we messed up. we're going to put a person at the door from here on out. why do you need to subpoena desiree rogers? >> the find out what happened. the secret service and the social secretary, they share security at events such as a
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state dinner. in fact, the secret service director testified that the arrangements for security were made in conjunction with the social secretary's office. and for the first time, we can spot in at least the last 20 years, there was no one from the social secretary's office at that dinner outside with the secret service agents. this has never happened before. >> reporter: do you think desiree rogers should be fired? or punished in some way? >> i think she should come up and explain what happened. maybe she had good reason for whathe did. they owe it to the congress. they owe it to the american people to explain why. fo the first time in 20 year, decided to have no one from working with the people ha been doing the job they had always done before this, incident would not have occurred. >> they're using the separation powers argument, which is not typically reserved for state dinner crashers. t argument? >> i believe in a strong executive. and in a number of cases i would accept the separation of powers
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argument. it does not apply to a social secretary. if this involved the health care reform bill, cap and trade, afghanistan, that's one thing. but, no. this has nothing to do with any private deals of the president of the united states. >> h confre you in the sh be done to the the thr agents that are now suspended? thr agents that are now suspended? secre they're ultimately responsible theysecurity.ately responsible h happened. officers. my fathe was a cop in new york officers. my fathe was a cop in new york it's easy to blame the person on the fro line. rogers had been doing her job, these officers would not be in any kind of trouble. >> reporter: the hearing yesterday really broke down along party lines. with the republicans really going after the white hoo hi they can ause you of grandstanding in this case. what do you say to that? >> i would be right. they would be wrong. i do take this very seriously. and the democratic chairman of
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the committee had joined with me in requesting the white house to be there. we want to get a full picture of what happened with the security, you have to have the secret service, you have to have the white house staff. by not being there, they are smacking congress in the face. they are stonewalling. >> you going to the white house chris mat party this year? >> i'm going monday night. >> what do you say to desiree rogers if she's working the door, as promised? >> oh, yeah. i'm afraid my wife is watching. i don't take this personally. i take the issue seriously. we are talking about the security of the president of the united states. i'm sure desiree rogers is a wonderful person. he's being a wise guy at this, making flippant remarks, dismissing the secret service, what they're doing. talking about people having audacity. i think he said i have the audacity to bring the issue up. the only audacity i have, is the audacity of hope that this white house would be honest. so far, they're not being honest on this issue. >> congressman peter king.
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we appreciate you coming in. now, let's turn to kate snow, the other top stories, including new unemployment numbers out this morning. >> that's right. the economy continues to lose jobs. but the rate of job loss appears to be slowing. the government is expected to report that 100,000 and 125,000 jobs were lost in november. it's a grim number. but far lower than the 190,000 lost back in october. experts believe the unemployment rate held steady last month at just over 10%. mortgage rates have fallen to a record low. the average 30-year fixed rate, now 4.71%. the government has worked to push that rate down. but lending standards do remain tight. federal investigators are looking into what could have been a disaster in the skies over colorado. two passenger jets came within seconds of colliding, while trying to land at denver's airport on monday. when both pilots realized they were only about 200 feet apart, they took evasive action. investigators believe air traffic control gave one of the
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planes the wrong instructions. director roman polanski is out of jail this morning. he will now have the run of his luxury home in switzerland, where he'll wait to find out if he will face extradition to the u.s. for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. our rachel martin is outside polanski's home in the swiss alps. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: good morning, kate. i'm outside the polanski chalet. moments ago, we saw two black cars drive up the driveway. these are the cars delivering roman polanski to his home, where he was met by his wife and two, young children. it's important to remember, while roman polanski is today coming home, he's far from being a free man. the scene at roman polanski's swiss chalet today, chaotic. security teams wait for his arrival. a stark contrast to last night, when the only sign of life, a small light in the window of polans polanski's now confines. swiss authorities are taking every precaution to make sure polanski doesn't leave the country. he has to pay $4.5 million bail.
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and electronic monitoring device will be installed in his chalet. he is wanted in the u.s. for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. now, it's up to the swiss courts to decide whether to hand polanski over to american authorities. polanski has more high-profile supporters in europe. but public support is mixed. if he's raped a child, he has to be taken to justice. >> i do hope that he manages to come out of this okay. >> reporter: polanski will stay in his three-story home in the swiss alps, where he will be free to work on his current film project. even entertain friends and family. polanski will be here at his chalet on house arrest, until he hears two, big decisions. the first from a swiss court, that will decide whether to extradite him to the u.s. the second in california, where a court will decide whether or not to keep this case going. his attorneys are in california now, trying to get the entire case thrown out, kate.
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>> rachel martin. thank you. let's talk about nba superstar lebron james for a second. he's expressed interest in playing for the nfl someday. check this out. did you catch that? he throws a football down the court on a basketball court. and look. sinks it. maybe quarterback. i guess he has said in the past that maybe tight end, he'd be interested in. but quarterback might be better suited. >> some guys horde all of the athletic ability. leaving none for the rest of us. >> are we sure he's human? has anyone seen if he casts a shadow? checking that out. sam champion is in las vegas this morning. getting ready to flip another switch on some great christmas lights. sam, good morning. >> good morning, diane, bill, kate. for the coldest air of the season, by the way. anywhere in the vegas area, from about 33 to 39 degrees. and that's the idea for the low temperatures this morning. but there are problems with cold air and moisture, in places you
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wouldn't expect. let's get pictures from new mexico, where snow was falling in that area. cold air is working into the state of texas. in new mexico, there was a good hit of snow. about six inches you're looking at there. and some accidents due to the snow. this cold air gets wrapped up with gulf moisture during the day today. with temperatures warm now, but cooling as we go through the day, houston's expected to get into the 30s. there will be some snow. there are winter storm watches and warnings from central texas, through louisiana, all the way from houston to alexandria. expected to be where some of the biggest snowfall totals will be. look at the target area of three to six inches of snow. houston would pick up one to three. that would be the earliest snow of the season so far. they had snow last december. and it could be the most snow they've seen so early in the season. let's get to lake-effect snow, as well. there's some around the great lakes area. we'll pick up more snow during
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the day in michigan today. "good morning, maryland," i'm susan shrack. a high of 49 degrees, partly sunny and clouds continuing to increase throughout the afternoon and evening hours. over the next seven days, you can see a rain and snow mix coming into the picture for saturday. we're looking at about an inch accumulation if that, so it's not anything major. 43 degrees by sunday, 46 by monday and looking at rain coming back into the forecast by tuesday.
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and we will have all of america's weather next half hour from las vegas, nevada, where, yes, we will light up this town. we have some interesting facts about las vegas, i never knew, from mr. las vegas himself. diane? >> all right. i watched you bundle up before we went on the air. sam, how cold is it where you are? >> it is, right now, we just checked the temperature here. it's almost 33 degrees. just a slight smidgen under it. and it is the coldest air of the season in the vegas area. >> yeah. chilly morning on the strip there. now, we turn to the tiger woods story. we have new facts this morning, thanks to the release of an interview tape made by police at the crash scene. john berman has more. >> reporter: there are new developments this morning. one of tiger woods' alleged mistresses that was supposed to
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give a press conference, canceled it. then, the interview with the family who made the 911 call. and they give us new details about the crash scene. when he rushed out and saw tiger woods' suv smashed into a tree, seen here on tmz, jarius adams called 911. >> i have someone down in front of my house. they hit a pole. >> reporter: but what was tiger doing? >> at that point, he was snoring. >> he was snoring? >> he was actually snoring. >> reporter: doctors tell us a crash victim could easily sound like he was snoring if his airway was blocked. >> did you smell any alcohol on him? >> no alcohol. no any other kind of drug whatsoever. >> did you get close enough that you think you would have smelled anything had he been drinking? >> definitely. yes. >> reporter: as for tiger's injuries, a bloody lip. not too bloody. >> nothing on his shirt. nothing on his hands. i was holding him still at one point.
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and i didn't get any blood on me. >> reporter: woods' wife, elin, was kneeling besides him. >> she was actually very quiet. just kind of in shock. you know, just kind of sitting there. she wasn't very verbal. >> reporter: jarius's sister, kim, says she saw others at the scene. >> it appears that mr. woods' mom and tiger's wife's mom came out after the fact. >> reporter: you do hear a woman's voice in the background of the 911 call. >> what's happened? >> reporter: kim harris said she recognized tiger's mother from tv. diane, bill, back to you. >> all right, john. our thanks to you. and coming up, the very latest in the amanda knox trial. the jury is out. we'll be back.
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good morning, everyone. i'm meteorologist susan sha rack. take a look at that nice clear sky. not even a cloud across the harbor. the temperature outside is 44 degrees.
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that's what it feels like, and wind is calm right now. we don't have much in the way of clouds just yet but the clouds will be increasing as we head into the afternoon hours ahead of a storm forming in the carolinas. for today, we're looking at nice conditions. clouds coming in and getting thick this afternoon. the high of just 49 degrees. let's see what's happening on the roads. here's kim. >> thank you, susan. we have slow traffic between liberty road and the baltimore national pike. traffic is heavy down to the beltway. there are a few incidents to let you know about. southbound at the fort mchenry toll plaza, you will see a crash there blocking one of the toll lanes. in cockeysville, there are
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me. >> now, the mayor says she has been told by her lawyers to limit her public comments while her court battle continues. several high-profile people have called on the current mayor to apologize. and a conviction stemming from an inappropriate relationship with a midshipmen coming up. coming up at 9:00, they are fit, talented and right here. why some of the most recognized athletes will be working out in charm city thanks to pam shriver and her tennis world. smart shopping so you don't break the bank. we'll be live at the hippodrome adds megan is on the
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breaking news overnight. this is decision day for amanda knox. her fate, now, in the hands of an italian jury. they're behind closed doors as we speak. the american student accused of brutally murdering her roommate. will she spend the rest of her life behind bars? or come home to the u.s.? we'll have a live report in italy, in a moment. good morning, america. i'm bill weir. here with diane sawyer. robin roberts is away this morning. also ahead, put on a brave face for your baby. >> that's right. it turns out, how your baby reacts to your face, has clues, secrets about their personality. and possibly, possibly, a clue to autism. and dr. richard besser is going to tell us about that. also, tiger woods' wife, elin.
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we have watched her. wondered about her through this. it's shattering. a shattering family story, not just a public drama. and she's a former model. trained in child psychology. we're going to tell you more about her world as we know it, coming up. we do begin with breaking news in the amanda knox trial. the jury is deliberating this morning. they've just begun in the murder trial of that american student. she could learn her fate shortly. and "20/20's" elizabeth vargas has been following this case from the beginning. she's back in perugia, italy. good morning, elizabeth. >> reporter: good morning, bill. after nearly a year of testimony, from 150 witnesses, italy's so-called trial of the century, has come to a close. the college student from seattle, washington, must wait to hear her fate. but not before addressing the court last night, making one last, emotional plea. amanda knox arrived in court this morning for the last time before her case goes to the jury of six, local residents and two judges. she seemed composed, a contrast
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to her statement last night. when she stood in court, and in a shaky voice, admitted she feels vulnerable, as the judges and jurors decide her fate. i am not calm, she said. i am afraid of losing myself. of being defined of something i am not. of having the mask of murderer forced on me. then, near tears, she said it was her family, seated just behind her, that helped her survive a year-long trial and two years in prison. they save my life every day. >> amanda, at the very beginning, and to this day, meredith was her friend. her roommate, a companion at times. she's always been at a point where she's trying to support to find justice for meredith. we have to be strong to ensure that she is strong and always let her know that light is at the end of the tunnel. >> reporter: amanda an her former boyfriend, raffaele sollecito, face prison, if
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convicted of the murder of her former roommate, meredith kercher. throughout the trial, the prosecution has accused that the murder happened after a sex game went wrong. and that knox and sollecito killed kercher, with a third man, who has been sentenced to prison. but this may add a second, new motive. even though they presented no evidence to support that argument. the defense says that's a last-ditch effort to bolster a weak case. and that there's not a single piece of forensic evidence tying amanda knox to the murder, inside the brutal and very bloody crime scene. the two judges and four jurors will begin deliberating, or began deliberating late this morning. and are expected to reach a verdict some time today, maybe tonight. the entire kercher family has flown in from seattle to hear the verdict. a short time ago, i spoke with
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amanda knox's sister and mother, about this day they hope will finally end their family's two-year nightmare. so, how optimistic are you this is going to go your way? >> you know, i think we're being as optimistic as we can be without, you know, being devastated if it doesn't go the right way. >> reporter: you have felt that the closing arguments have crystallized the weaknesses in the prosecution's case. yet, there are still people in europe that are bothered by the fact that amanda gave an inconsistent statement to police during that overnight interrogation. how do you explain that? >> amanda explained it, i think very well. she was pressured all night. she was screamed at. and she was asked to come up with difference scenarios. and so, she finally relented and do that. and that's pretty common, you know, in intense interrogation. she's not the first person to get confused in that kind of situation. >> yeah.
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they told her to imagine what you think happened. tell us what you think happened. and that's how that came about. >> reporter: i was surprised, as were many in the court last night, when amanda got up to address the court. and among the other things she said was, to thank the prosecution. saying she knows they're just doing their job. why did she say that? >> she doesn't want to be bitter at them. she knows that it is his job to be the prosecutor. it is what he needs to do. and she wants justice for the kerchers. and she thinks that he's trying to do that for them. >> you know, and she said, you know, she can understand because she was also trying to help. that's what she was doing at the beginning, is to help to figure out what had happened to her good friend. i think she was acknowledging the fact that they were doing that. but they came to the wrong conclusion. >> reporter: you mentioned the kerchers will be in the court today to hear the verdict.
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have you reached out to the c r kerchers at all? >> we don't know what information they got. but it's really a tough situation right now. we feel for them. we said that repeatedly, very publicly. we don't know how they're feeling. we don't know what they think. and ideal they know that amanda had nothing to do with this, it's an awkward situation. but when that time comes, absolutely, we'll reach out. >> reporter: if amanda is acquitted later by this jury and judges, she could be out of prison in as little as two hours. have you made plans for what you would do if that happens? what you're going to do when you finally get her home? >> i have no idea. the first thing i can think of, is giving her the biggest hug i've given her in her entire life. >> we're working with her lawyers for the logistics of getting her out of jail. >> reporter: if she is convicted, you have said you'll be spending a lot more time in italy. you have spent a fortune, this family. somebody has been here in
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perugia every, single day since her arrest. how can you possibly continue that? >> i don't know yet. we'll just make it work. >> we'll figure it out. >> reporter: all right. good luck to you both, etta and deanna today. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: amanda ice sister and mother speaking to us. her entire family, here from seattle. by the way, tonight, if a verdict is reached, also a sentence will be read, if amanda knox is convicted. >> elizabeth, her family put out such a brave face after two years of this ordeal. you said a verdict could come in tonight. what are the italian legal analysts think? is there any word on how this might go? >> reporter: there's a lot of people thinking it could be a split verdict. as you know, she's been charged, not just with murdering her british roommate, but with slandering the police department. with slandering a bar owner who was originally arrested and had an air-tight alibi. there's a lot of different quay
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ways this could go. everybody's paying attention to the murder charge. that would carry life in prison, with nine months of daytime solitary confinement, the harshest sentence ever being able to issue here in italy. >> elizabeth vargas from italy. if a verdict comes in, if it doesn't, we'll see you tonight on "20/20." our thanks to you. time, now, for the weather. sam champion in las vegas for the third leg of "gma's" lightup america. that's a challenge to light up las vegas. even more, right? >> you know what? it is. it is, bill. but we're going to do it this morning. and you're going to love it. i'm not a snowman. and i'm not an exterminator. there's a reason for this. we'll tell you that in a second. let me tell you where we are. we're on fremont street. first started in vegas. first paved road in 1925. first legal gambling casino on fremont street. and from the history, to something brand-new. the blue man group. hello, blue man group. who have their own showcase at
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helping doctors make a crucial diagnosis earlier than ever before. and the key turns out to be how to read the infant's face. including how the infant reads the mother's face. our senior health and medical correspondent, dr. richard besser, went to the front lines. >> reporter: what can these little babies teach us about the science of how we read faces? what if i told you that these babies, as young as 3 months, often read facial expressions better than many adults? i came here to visit charles nelson's $1.5 million lab at boston children's hospital, to see this research in action. nelson's team uses sophisticated eye-tracking technology, along with this brain monitor, to study electrical currents in the brains of babies. >> before language begins, most communication is nonverbal. kids depend heavily on reading faces.
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>> reporter: i tracked this blue dot, as emmitt looked at different faces, mixed in with other shapes and colors. >> i see three facial emotions. neutral, happy and fear. >> reporter: he seems most interested in an image you might not expect. >> babies show more brain activity to fear. we've been puzzled by this. they don't seem at all upset or alarmed looking at it. they just look at it more. >> reporter: when the results were evaluated, it was true. like most babies in the study, emmitt looked at the fearful face 25% longer than he looked at the happy face. as a general pediatrician, i spend a lot of times talking with parents about positive reinforcement. and the face of something doing positive reinforcement, is different than that of someone expressing anger or fear. >> one reason for the preference may be that they don't see fear very much and it's novel. >> reporter: one idea is that babies may be attracted to fear because they're teaching themselves to be concerned when
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they see it. survival? >> it's critically important. long before you can fend for yourself, to say that's a face i need to be concerned about. >> reporter: here's many it happens, in the amigdula, within almond-shaped structure in the brain. the amygdula depends on constant stimulation in infancy. if the baby doesn't get that exposure on a regular basis, his ability to differentiate in emotions may not develop as strongly. >> even as adults, we depend on reading faces. the verbal channel can't be depended on. they have a harder time disguising their face. >> reporter: but the research at the lab goes well beyond the recognizing of faces. nelson hopes his work will go to diagnosing autism at 3 to 6 months, long before the child shows any signs of the disorder. >> we hope to see signatures in
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their brain or the eye movements to say, this is the baby we're concerned about. and we can predikts who will develop the disorder a year later. >> reporter: at this study, blake looks at alternating picture of his mom and a similar-looking stranger, to see who he prefers. he's developed a response to his mother. >> he says that's mom. that's not mom. the kids at high risk for autism, are sawing a bigger brain response to stranger. or as blake will show a bigger brain response to mom. >> reporter: they're more interested in the stranger. they don't have the connection with their own mother. and that picture is up there for a second. >> takes a half second exposure. you see how thrilled he's getting. it's easy to do this from a baby's perspective. >> it's amazing to watch him turn to his mom. rich besser is here. tell us more what a parent should do. >> it's incredible. as an pediatrician, when i'm with a mother and a young baby, i'm looking to see, the is there
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a connection. i move around, to see is that baby's head turn? is it locked on my face. and i look to see, does the baby have a connection with his mother? that's something a parent can do. parents love to do that anyway. when you're making a different face to a child, does their face change? do they react? if they don't, that's something to bring to your doctor and say, i don't think my baby's looking at me. i don't think my baby is enjoying looking to me. that play be a clue. >> and you want to do intensive interaction. all the peek-a-boo expressions. >> those are vital. very important. >> go online if you want to read more about all this. we'll be back. because like me, yol nt to avoid any last-minute meltdowns. can we get the cute snowman? i call shotgun! now get $5 towards your next purchase... when you spend $20 on an amazing selection... of participating toys and plush in-store.
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"good morning, maryland." i'm meteorologist susan shrack. things are looking nice out there so far this morning. a couple of areas with clouds here and there. this is in parkville. temperature right now is 40 degrees. the wind is pretty light, only 3 miles per hour. we will be seeing some of the clouds start to thicken and build up for us as we head into the afternoon hours. this is what you can expect for the rest of today. 45 degrees by the afternoon. 49 for the afternoon high.
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may see rain coming in tonight and of course a rain and snow mix throughout the day tomorrow. check out the roads now with kim. >> reporter: thanks, susan. things are heavier than normal on the liberty road as you make your way up green spring road. several crashes in the area to let you know about. southbound at the fort mchenry toll plaza. southbound bel air road at route 24, a disabled vehicle blocked. at essex, we have a crash. in eldersburg out in carroll county, a crash still on the scene at liberty and old liberty road. no problems as you make your way southbound. just lots of heavy volume here at the jfx. so give yourself lots of extra time.
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"good morning america" continues with tiger woods' wife. so intensely private. she's been called the greta garbo of golf. now, thrust into a media storm, who is this former model and nanny? we go inside her world. and you'll meet a high school student who has paid a staggering price for her love of sports. 11 concussions. the toll it's taking on her life. and how you can protect your teen. plus, deck the halls on a budget. we redecorate this room for the holidays for less than 50 bucks. it's our "gma" holiday handbook. >> good morning. >> good morning, people.
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>> wonderful to have this crowd. what did you all drink in your coffee this morning? >> what is going on? they're hopped up on goofballs. good morning, america. bill weir here, filling in for robin roberts on this friday. diane sawyer. coming up, we're going to go back to las vegas, to flip the switch and light up the place. and it's mr. las vegas. it's wayne newton. say hello for me, sam. >> who is that guy next to wayne newton? >> yeah. they'll be pushing the buttons together. as bill said earlier, how do you light up -- >> las vegas? >> lighter? >> lighter, yeah. >> you'll find out. here, we're going to unveil our window. the wonderful people of las vegas have created a dazzling display for us. you'll get a chance to see it. >> can't wait to see that. also, portia de rossi is here. you love her. you loved her on "ally mcbeal." you loved her on "arrested
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development." and portia and her wife, ellen degeneres, celebrated a milestone anniversary. and you're going to look at life on their farm. first, kate snow and the news. >> good morning, everyone. u.s. forces are on the move in southern afghanistan this morning. taking on militants in the biggest offensive in months. it's being called "operation cobra's anger." 1,000 marines making good on president obama's promise to crush the taliban. they descended on heldman province, to cut off communication supplies. and more will be headed to afghanistan, along with the 30,000 troops president obama is sending. nato announced that 25 countries have pledged to send another 7,000 troops to afghanistan. a gruesome attack in neighboring pakistan this morning. two suicide attackers attacked a mosque this morning.
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at least 36 people were killed. now, to the economy. we're getting new figures this morning on the number of jobs lost in the last month. there's good news and bad news, depending on your perspective. bianna golodryga is here to explain. >> reporter: the report is the deklain in the decline. that means after that after the 23rd-straight month, of job losses has declined. we're hoping that 100,000 to 125,000 job losses in november. experts are mulling over a mixed bag of economic data out on thursday. a new report on the service sector activity, showed the surprisingly weak figure. while retail sales have been mixed at best. given this is the busiest time of year for retailers, economists will be paying particular attention as to whether or not retailers hired in november. going forward, there is cautious optimism that over the next few months, job losses could flatten.
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and we could see positive job growth in the next two months. but 200,000 jobs would have to be added each month before the unemployment level goes down. the president may be aimed at new legislation in creating jobs. democrats in congress are considering using $70 billion in unspent financial bailout money, for infrastructure projects and to save public employee jobs. film director, roman polanski, back home in switzerland this morning. he arrived home at his chalet in the swiss alps. this is where he'll serve his house arrest and await whether he'll be extradited to the u.s. for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. a latest study in scandinavia found no link between cell phones and cancer levels. they found no unusual increase after cell phones became widely-used. they say more study is warranted. and finally, a sad farewell in our nation's capital. the national zoo is expected to
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announce this morning that beloved giant panda, one of them will be leaving for china. 4-year-old tiashan was born in the u.s. and his parents are china. and according to the loan agreement, he rightfully belongs to china. now, out to las vegas and sam champion. sam? >> we are standing here, by the way, which is most of the exciting part of lighting this thing up, with wayne newton. we'll talk to him later this morning. we'll get the insight on you, las vegas, your history here, its history here. i don't feel we're here until you welcome us. do something official. >> let me see, sam. and "good morning america," welcome to las vegas. >> now, i feel like we're here. we need to get this place lit up. everybody, ready? blue man group's on the switch. we're going to do a count from five. and, wayne, i can't do this. it's your town. you get to start it, too. in five, four, three, two, one. light it up.
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[ cheers and applause ] and you got to remember, it's this early in the morning. i have no idea how many lights there are in las vegas. but in is beautiful. fremont street, where it all started. did we get that all put out down there? everything away? okay. let's get to the boards. we have a little weather going on this morning we want to talk about as you walk out the door. couple things you need to know. one of them is this big pocket of cold air, that moves deep into the country. combines with gulf moisture and brings snow throughout the lone star state, into louisiana. alabama's even going to see a little bit of snow, as well. and there is some more snow falling around the great lakes. you would expect that great
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lakes snow. but a lot of people will be caught by surprise by the cold air and snow that goes deep into the heart of texas this morning. houston would see one to three inches of snow. and there will be some areas that get a little bit more. the rain is just outside of houston this morning. the temperatures will be falling throughout the day. don't worry. it's rain early. but it does turn into snow later. also, big storms throughout the state of florida during the day today. atlanta about 65 degrees and it st
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it's not just lighting the tree, wayne. this place is special to you. this particular intersection. why is that? >> it truly is. i'm at the tropicana now. but this is where i started. i came to town at 15 years old and did six shows a night, six nights a week, right there. >> all right. we're going to hear the rest of the story. i don't know whether you made las vegas or las vegas made you. we'll find out the answer to that when we come back in just a minute. bill? >> all right, sam. you guys make a great pairing out there. can't wait to get back and see some more. >> i would do a show with him gladly. anytime. >> i'm sure you would. little "danke schoen" duet. we'll look closer at tiger woods' wife. she's scandinavian. she was a model, a nanny. and she's at the center of a media storm. but not much else because of her
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fierce privacy. kate snow has been looking at this woman. and so many wonder how she's doing and how she'll react. >> we don't know how she's doing because she's not really talking. and the truth is, we barely know much about this woman at all. she has fiercely guarded the family's privacy. never talks to reporters. by all accounts, it's her discretion and the fact she has no desire to be a celebrity, that attracted tiger woods to her in the first place. until last week, elin nordgren was known as the stunning blonde. always in her famous husband's shadow. seen, but never heard. a member of the pga tour's scandinavian clique once told "sports illustrated," elin was the greta garbo of the golfing world. >> she's never actually done an interview with a mainstream media outlet since they were married in 2004. >> reporter: after tabloid headlines and allegations linking tiger to at least three other women, elin nordgren has been thrust into a limelight she's shunned until now. elin will turn 30 on new year's
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day. just 12 minutes older than her older sister. she grew up just outside of stockholm, sweden. >> elin comes from an educated family. her father is a journalist in washington, d.c. lives in the states. her mother is a former politician, in sweden. >> reporter: according to a photographer who took these glamour shots during elin's brief career as a model, she never wanted a celebrity, flashy life, and left modeling to study child psychology. then, a chance encounter led to a job as an au pair to a swedish golfer. in 2001, that golfer and his wife introduced her to tiger woods. she reportedly said no when he first asked her out. she didn't want to be just a celebrity girlfriend, photographer and bring bingo rimer told "sports illustrated." she didn't want to be seen as a decoration on tiger's arm. but tiger pursued her. reportedly paging her half a dozen times a day. after winning her over, he proposed to elin, on an african safari. then, married her in a lavish,
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star-studded, $2 million wedding. two years later, he talked to "60 minutes." >> i have found a life partner. a best friend. elin's been incredible for me. >> you want kids? >> without a doubt. >> how do you think that would affect your day job? >> family always comes first. >> reporter: he takes her to the driving range. she teaches him to ski. elin's a dog lover, like tiger. she gave him his beloved dog as a present. >> if you had to pick from 1 million women, elin may be the absolute perfect wife for a superstar athlete. >> reporter: in a 2005 interview with "people" magazine, tiger said, we're really mellow. because i travel so much, i value being at home with elin. i'm probably happiest during those times. and of his hopes for their marriage? i love the idea of growing together. i want to have a relationship where we change for the better and continue to get closer. a "chicago country times" columnist says that the couple is going through couples
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therapy. jesper parnevik's wife, mia, who hired elin as a nanny, she told "sports illustrated" back in 2004, that people think that this is a cinderella story for elin. but tiger is lucky to get the catch. he is lucky that he found elin. and now, his friends think he will be lucky to keep her. >> and jesper was protective of her. >> he said he couldn't believe this could have happened. and yesterday, everybody clamped down. didn't want to say much more publicly. >> kate, thanks for that. as always, we want to hear what you think about the story as it unfolds. go to and weigh in on our shoutout board. coming up next, we'll meet the student athlete who has suffered 11 concussions. is he is a warning? a walking warning to your child?
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by changing her medicare prescription plan. all we had to do was go to and use the free savings calculator. we learned that changing your medicare part d plan could save an average of $612. woman: we just entered my prescriptions, and it compared plans for us. it was easy to find the right plan for the prescriptions i need. your cvs pharmacist can help, too. come in today, or go to before december 31st to find the best plan for you -- at cvs/pharmacy. we've all become more aware of the dangers of concussions, particularly repetitive concussions. but what we didn't know, i certainly didn't, is that how often they can happen and you don't even know it. particularly with your kids. and that's why deborah roberts is here. deborah? >> reporter: and, diane, with
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young girls, it's a big problem. you're about to meet a young girl who suffered a stunning amount of concussions over a period of four years. to break it down, a concussion is a blow to the head that shakes the brain pretty violently. and it may not work well normally afterwards. researchers have learned that young females who suffer back-to-back concussions, are at a much-higher risk of long-term brain damage. >> i hit my head on the gym floor. >> reporter: that was nicki's first concussion. as a star point guard on her new jersey high school's basketball team, it was only the beginning. >> june of freshman year, i got fouled. and i hit my head on the floor. and that was when i couldn't see. >> reporter: head injury number five. then came others, including this bangup. for a total of 11 concussions. some just days apart. all before the age of 16. >> it went from, like, my future's going to be basketball. to, i hope i can get into college. >> reporter: consistent trauma
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to her brain has taken a toll on niki's life. academically, socially, athletically, she's a different person. >> i can't finish tests. i get through maybe half of it. and when i get home, if i make the whole day of school, i come home and sleep or i sit on the couch. >> as of might now, she can't do most of the things that kids can do that's normal. >> reporter: niki is one of hundreds of girls that is paying a hefty price for spores. recent studies reveal that female athletes suffer a higher number of concussions that males. one study says that girl soccer players are 68% more likely to get concussions than boys. and in basketball, three-times more likely. why? experts say it could be a weakness of skeletal structure, or surge of hormones, leaving them vulnerable to injury. but the danger is, repeated blows to the head before the injury has healed. >> it's really important to ensure that somebody does not
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have active symptoms before we return them to any sort of physical exertion or even mental exertion in a big way. >> reporter: niki's parents worried that their daughter should stop playing. yet, doctors kept clearing her. not taking the concussion seriously, they say. and no one seemed how clear how long she should rest. >> on some occasions, we were summarily dismissed. she just got hit in the head. everything's fine. don't worry about it. she'll be fine. >> her family was not necessarily given a full picture of how to really manage her symptoms. and how to wait, in terms of return to play. >> reporter: that's because in most states, there are no uniform guidelines about how long to sit out young athletes after a head injury. new jersey congressman, bill pascal, a leading advocate on traumatic brain injuries in u.s. soldiers, is trying to change
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that. what's the biggest things that parents, that schools, athletic leagues make in this? >> same as the army as n not screening soldiers before they put them on the field. there is no blood. there's no contusion. yet, that individual, could be severely damaged for life. now, we're going to send her back out there. >> reporter: pascrel is now pushing a bill to establish firm, national guide lines. on when brain-injured students should return to play, if at all. >> that young lady, what in god's name did we put her through? and to look back at it. don't tell me we couldn't have done nothing about it. >> reporter: today, niki popyer grapples with an uncertain future and a sports career that's been sidelined. >> she'll never play basketball again. >> i always want to go to a good school for basketball. so, that's been pretty, like, upsetting. >> reporter: for niki, youth is on her side, diane.
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doctors say she may recover because she is so young. often in adults, you just don't know. there's not a lot known in this area, especially with young girls. >> wish her the best. tasts? scans? what do you do? >> reporter: the scans don't show concussions. you have to make sure they're given neurologic tests to make sure if the concussion is still present. that's key. >> not an mri. it's an neurologic test specifically for concussion. then, we heard the doctor say, no physical activity and brain activity. >> reporter: and that's what's so hard. a lot of these athletes are driven. they want to be tough. you have to sit it out if you want to recover and be a normal person. >> really an eye-opener, the number of times she suffered from that. and again, it didn't look as if the fall was that hard. but enough to give you a concussion. thanks to deborah.
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could be working harder and earning more. it's just the right thing to do. "good morning, maryland," i'm meteorologist susan sha rack. the clouds are starting to come in a little bit. temperature right now is 41 degrees. that's what it feels like. there's no real wind out there to give us any kind of windchill. this is all part of a big storm that's developing off the coast of north carolina. it's going to be making its way up into our area. we're not going to see the results today except for the cloud cover, but we will see the wind come in late tonight into the day tomorrow mixing with some snow. let's check out the roads. here's kim. >> thanks, susan. traffic is moving nicely here
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on the outer loop of harford road. a little bit of building volume on the inner loop towards 95. we have a crash off to the shoulder. delays are moderate as you start back at pairing parkway. several other crashes to let you know about as well. southbound bel air road is a disabled vehicle. in essex at eastern avenue, and in baltimore, we have a crash at loch raven. looking at the jfx here, traffic is heavy and steadies awe make your way southbound.
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it is now 8:27. i'm jamie costello. mayor sheila dixon moving forward with city business. today she'll go on her weekly bike ride for the first time since being found guilty on one count of theft, the mayor spoke out about the trial yesterday. listen. >> i understand that this trial has engendered a range of strong feelings among citizens who love baltimore just like i love baltimore and are committed to baltimore. i deeply regret that the citizens of baltimore have had to go through this ordeal with me. >> mayor dixon says she has been told by her lawyers to limit her public comments while her court battle continues.
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several high profile people have called on mayor dixon to apologize. a 16-year-old gets the maximum sentence for his role in a murder of a teenager. he could remain behind bars in a juvenile facility until he is 21. the family of christopher filed out of the courtroom after the sentencing. he was beaten to death. jones family will now pursue a civil case in his death. a teen aged girl is dead and her mom is in critical condition after being attacked in their own apartment. police found the mid wood avenue. the man who lived above them has been arrested in connection with the attack. neighbors say the 17-year-old cared for her mother debbie beard whose legs had to be amputated due to her diabetes. beard remains in critic an condition right now.
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in five, four, three, two, one. light it up. >> there we were, in las vegas this morning. sam champion and wayne newton, flipping the switch. lit up the biggest television on the planet, we're told. giant screen there. more surprises on the way because this morning we're also going to reveal our brand-new window back here in times square. hi, guys. and we've got a little bit of vegas right here at home. >> a little bit of vegas. good morning, everybody. joining us, the mayor of las vegas. we're there, you're here. oscar b. goodman. good to see you. >> very good to see you, mayor. >> las vegas is -- kate snow. las vegas is represented in one of our fabulous windows.
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>> i know. we saved the best for last. >> the best for last. and you brought along two members of the las vegas city council. >> that's why i'm the happiest man of the universe. >> i see why. >> i travel with jen and porsche. both beautiful, young ladies. >> will you help us out with the curtain pull. here it is. mayor? there we go. oh, goodness. [ cheers ] look at that. you've got the toys. is that a wayne newton on the left there? >> we have wayne newton, mr. las vegas. bette midler is up here. and, of course, my friend, carrot top. very, very buff carrot top. and here's donny and marie. and these are the show girls, when they were babies. >> i see that. and over here, the $300 i lost at craps.
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>> the mayor has to get paid. this is terrific. we're really looking forward to the holiday season in las vegas. we have some tremendous things taking place. the national finals rodeo is starting. that's the premiere event as far as rodeos are concerned. we have the nascar champion tour -- national champion week. and jimmie johnson won that. >> he was tearing it up on the strip yesterday, doing doughnuts. >> that's what i understand. he was terrific. and we have wonderful, new venues there. we have the city center complex. an $8.5 billion complex that's just opening up, little by little, right now. wonderful architecture. and downtown, the golden nugget, they have a phenomenal new tower. $500,000. it's great. a terrific time of year. >> and does what happens there still stay there? >> let's put it this way. you can go to the cusp, but don't fall over. >> words to live by. thank you, mr. mayor.
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let's go to sam champion and the man of your town, no offense. >> you may be with the mayor. we're with mr. las vegas, though. and somewhere in that holiday window, is a hidden ticket to one of your shows because you can't get it any other way. you can't buy a ticket to your show in this town. >> we worked hard to get this high. and they turn us into the elves. >> were you okay with that? >> i'm thrilled with it. i think it's really nice. we talked about earlier this, is where vegas started. it's where you started on fremont. >> yes. >> you were 15 years ole. what did it all look like to you? >> i got off the bus. and, of course, none of this was here then. we had a -- we had a city of about 70,000 people. and now, we're soon to have a million. if you can imagine that growth in such a short period of time. i was 15 then. and i'm 22 now.
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>> exactly. so, it was just a fraction of a blink of an eye. i have to ask the question. did las vegas make you? or did you make las vegas? i think the truth of the matter is, las vegas certainly made me. all right? because we kind of grew up together. and i just wouldn't leave. sew, they had to deal with it. you know? >> i am so glad you're here. honestly, it would not have been nearly as much fun without you. >> we are thrilled to have you here. thanks. >> let's get to a quick weather map, in case you don't happen to be lucky enough with us in las vegas this morning, you're walking out of your door in your own town. it's mild along the eastern seaboard today. i wouldn't expect it to stay this way. the cold air will make its move and start to swing east. there is a big mess in texas today. louisiana, even southern alabama. and the southern-most places
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[ cheers ] all of that weather was brought to you by allied bank. we have a surprise story for wayne about a "gma" tradition. it has something to do with him. we'll tell you that at the end of this half hour. bill? >> okay, sam. we'll see you then. now, we turn to emmy award-winning actress, portia de rossi, in the hilarious show, "better off ted." she plays the cold ice queen. a testament to your acting abilities. you're nothing like that. >> thanks, bill. >> thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> as an actress, you have established this cannon of comedic work.
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>> ooh, a cannon. >> "arrested development. and "ally mcbeal." when you open a script, what are you looking for? what gets the juices flowing? >> well, the character has to be well-written. and i have to say that "better off ted," is not only my favorite show. but it's my favorite character that i've ever played. >> really? >> yeah. veronica, this character, is so insensitive and cold and just incredibly funny. and i get to do a lot of really fun stuff with her. >> the writing, as you said, is hilarious. very crisp. we learned about a secret life last season. that you're the secret love interest/assistant of mortor, the magician. >> i'm a straight-laced professional uptight woman during the day. and at night, i let my hair
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down. boy, do i let it down. >> let's get a sample of what we're talking about. here's portia de rossi in "better off ted." take a look. >> it turns out, you and i are the two most genetically compatible in the entire company. and right now, while i'm not interested in raidsing a child or playing landlord to a parasitic, i am keeping my options open. >> you want to have my baby? >> you would be plan "e." >> you would look good in a deck of the right ship, tanned. wind in your hair. no ovaries. >> you have outstanding genes. too good for a gal to pass up. >> love the reparte, as well. i have to ask, you're from australia. >> yes. >> what do you make of the christmas tradition here? did you celebrate down under in the summers down there? >> it is summer down there. so, it's a very different
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feeling to living here and having -- well, i live in l.a. it's not like it's freezing. >> that's true. >> it is a different season, with different traditions. in australia, we'd play tennis and swim. >> yeah. >> and here, it's kind of a -- >> and you and ellen have a farm. >> we do. >> you have this "green acres" thing going outside of los angeles. we even have -- beautiful couple. we have photos of you. you have skunks. what's on your farm? >> actually, we have four, ferrell cats that we inherited when we bought the property. we're constantly feeding the cats. but the skunks got wind of this. pardon the pun. >> as skunks will do. >> so, the 7:00 feeding is the skunk feeding. and the raccoons come in about 8:00. that's a picture of a raccoon washing its paws in the water bowl after eating. >> they're meticulous. >> here they are. >> that's funny. 8:00 feeding for the raccoons. 7:00 -- >> and the cats get whatever's left.
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>> how long have you been married now? a year? >> we've been married a little over a year. >> is the honeymoon still in effect? >> it is. i love being married. >> every time we see you two together, the affection is so obvious there, as well. and you're a testament for this sort of thing. i don't want to get too political on you. but there probably will be a day when this is not a novelty. >> i hope not. >> when you see sort of the votes that happen, some setbacks politically, how do you think about that in your house? >> well, it's disappointing because, you know, i think that people have to stay focused on what the issue really is. and it is a civil rights issue. it's not a religious issue or a moral issue. it really is the fact that there are some citizens of this country who just don't have the same rights as everyone else. and that's really what we have to stay focused on. and, you know, i'm australian. and the whole idea of being american is that you have the
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freedom and the equality. i think that hopefully we'll get there soon. >> until then, we wish you nothing but the best in your marriage. we'll be check out "better off ted." you can, too. next tuesday night at 9:30, 8:30 central. coming up next, deck the halls on a budget.
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and now, "gma's" holiday handbook. this morning, we're going to show you how to deck the halls for the holidays, without breaking the bank. sara gray miller is the editor in chief of "country living" magazine. and she's going to show us how to decorate an entire room for under 50 bucks. >> it is possible. >> it's possible. >> here's our big, blank room we've been showing all morning. and let's walk over.
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you're going to do it for under 50. >> this is where most of us start. a simple living room. white lights. and you can do all of this for under $50. >> this looks good. >> and you don't want to spend a fortune or decorations that will be up for a month. >> start with the pillow. >> we transformed just using felt. and we ironed it on. and the letters using stitch witchery. total cost, 5 bucks. and you can do noel, on four pillows. >> can you take that off after the holidays. >> you can box it up and use it next christmas. >> up next, the card display over the fireplace here. >> exactly. who says you have to put the cards on top of the mantle? this is sort of like art. we covered paper. you can use wrapping paper. and ribbons and clothes pins. total cost for that, $11. >> so nice to display the cards. my mom does that.
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>> and you can take this off and hang it on a wall, if you want it. >> up on the mantle. tissue flowers first. honestly, i have to say, when i read that you would show me tissue flowers, i was picturing fourth grade summer camp tissue flowers. they're really pretty. >> they're gorgeous. all we did was fold and cut tissue paper. you can see the steps on the "gma" website. 3 bucks. >> on the mantle, i do this at my house. the balls or ornaments in a glass. >> we took it one step farther and used them as 3-d picture frames, tucking a picture in the front. and the staockings are $2 from kmart. >> how about the picture wreath up top. >> we got a wire wreath form.
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and used a hot glue gun. and 3 buck was the cost of the wreath form. >> and the tree. >> one of my favorites are these sweet, little birds. a vintage book with bird illustrations. copy them on card stock and cut them out. more of our spray-painted pine cones. we spray painted skeleton keys. >> at antique stores or flea markets. >> i think i got a box at a flea market. and there's ribbon laying around. use it on the tree. >> and on the wrapping paper. this one, i was thinking you have to have a color copier at your house or you do it at work without anybody watching. >> we did it at work. it would look great in black and white with colorful ribbon.
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all we did was throw things on the office color copier. candy wrappers. and the cost to us since le did it at work was absolutely nothing. >> don't listen, my bosses. this is not happening in my office. you copied sweaters and things? >> yeah. you see the knit in there. >> that's kind of cool. wow. >> the bazooka joe wrappers. >> the grand total. you wanted to be under $50. >> we did it. $48.38 for everything here. >> very nice. you can find all of these decorating tips, all of the products, all the how-tos, how to make the flowers, on our website at up next, wayne newton and the blue man group join sam back in vegas. stay with us.
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♪ give a little bit we are back in las vegas for "gma" lights up america. mr. las vegas is donating coats this morning to our warm heart warm coat drive. toss them in there. if you can do that, and be who you are, and take time out to do this, everybody can help us. we're at 61,712 coats. donate at any burlington coat factory where you see the box. donate online, as well. we need to get well over 100,000. folks, jump in. i want to tell you a story. we're in "good morning america."
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and folks talk to us over the ear in the studio. this is studio-wide at "gma." to acknowledge that we heard them, we sing a little "danke schoen." i don't sing it well. instead of saying thank you, we just do it. will you give us a little "danke schoen"? so i know how to do it? >> only if you join me. ♪ danke schoen "good morning america" danke schoen ♪ >> that is, from now on -- denise in the studio, when you give me a time cue, i'll hear wayne in my head. let's get to the boards. we have a quick look to show you what's going on -- oh, wait. we don't have a weather segments. i'm sorry. this is like so many in my head we're going to do weather. we're going to do the ornament. you actually -- vegas has given us so much this morning, wayne, that we want to give you the
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ornament to put on the tree. it's blue. i guess -- that's a nice way to hang it. it goes right there. all right. flawless. perfect. i think there's something missing, though. it's not vegas enough. decorate that tree just a little bit. [ cheers ] this is our final stop on "gma" (announcer) this holiday there's only one gift that will light up your house. verizon fios. i know, i couldn't sleep either! (announcer) this holiday, give your family amazing hd and get $150 back along with a free multi-room dvr for 3 months. just call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800-974-6006 tty/v now for verizon fios tv, internet and phone for...
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you know what we need on the weekend show? >> what's that? >> showgirls. >> yes. jennifer, porsche, thank you. >> fantastic having you here. >> sam champion, did you notice he didn't actually sing? >> sam, you big chicken. come on. ♪ i recall central park in fall ♪
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>> do it. ♪ how you tore your dress >> when you're standing next to wayne newton, you don't sing. i don't sing when i'm standing next to wayne newton. are you kidding me? i'm not going to do it. i'm really not going to do it. >> he can give you lessons. >> hit us with the glitter cannon. >> we're going to get one danke schoen in. ♪ danke schoen >> that's it. good morning, everyone.
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i'm meteorologist susan shrack. things are turning out nicely to start off this morning. temperature right now is at 44 degrees across the inner harbor. you can see the clouds starting to build in. we don't feel too brutal because there's no wind. the clouds are moving from the west and the storm system will continue from north carolina so we'll get clipped with a little bit of rain. not so much today. we will be seeing that rain mixing with some snow coming in for us throughout the day tomorrow. let's see how the roads are doing. here is kim. >> reporter: susan, traffic delays have eased. fortunately no incidents working on the harrisburg expressway. this morning, we're looking good on the inner and outer loop of the beltway. southbound 95 at moravia road, that crash currently blocks two
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lanes there. also in howard county southbound 95 post route 100, that blocks the right lane. in timonium, a crash there at norman avenue. traffic looks better as you make your way southbound. we'll be right back with "good morning, maryland" that starts at 9:00. >> thanks for choosing abc 2 news. go online for more news now at abc 2 works for you.
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